By ONYEKACHUKWU MELUWA, Warri
Delta State Commissioner of Police, CP Muhammad Mustafa has ordered the release of the corpse of a member of the Committee for the Defence of Human Rights (CDHR), late Christian Njoku to to his family for burial, AUTHENTIC News Daily can report.
CP Mustafa gave the order during a meeting with members of the Delta State Chapter of CDHR led by Comrade Prince Kehinde-Taiga in Asaba, the State Capital.
CP Mustafa said the Police said,”Yes i have ordered for the release of the corpse for burial but we are waiting for letter from the family and their lawyer to that effect.
“I have asked the lawyer that came with the family for a meeting to go to the Court, swear an affidavit and write a letter for the release and bring it and I will approve so that they take the corpse for burial. We are yet to receive their letters anyway.”
In a chat with newsmen, the Counsel to the larger Njoku family, Barr. Kunle Edun confirmed that CP Mustafa directed the release of the corpse of Christian Njoku to the family for burial.
“I can confirm that that the CP directed the release of Christian Njoku Corpse to the family for burial. I can also confirm that the investigation report of the police did not show that Christian Njoku was involved in any armed operation that took place along Jakpa road same day.
“There was no report to say he was involved in any crime before his death. It is on that basis, that the CP directed the release of the corpse.
” As a follow up, the family directed me to write a formal letter to the CP which I did yesterday. With this, the properties of the deceased will be released alongside with the corpse to the family.
Barr. Edun emphasized that the Police was silent in their preliminary report on whether the deceased Christian Njoku was an armed robber or whether there was a robbery incident in the said area on the said day.
Barr. Edun who doubles as the Vice Chairman of the Nigerian Bar Association, NBA Warri Chapter said the meeting with CP Mustafa was occasioned by an earlier petition written by the family to the Police demanding for a proper investigation into the circumstances surrounding the death of his client.
Barr. Edun also said the Commissioner of Police was not properly informed stressing that he has been acting on the evidence at his disposal” just as he vowes that the Njoku family will go back and sort for evidences to prove the innocence of his late client as alleged by the Police.
The legal practioner also noted that the release of the corpse to the family does not stop investigation as well as ongoing legal with the police into the matter.
Barr. Edun however pleaded with persons who witnessed the sad incident to come forward to testify against the police stressing that the evidences against the police is not weighty enough.
Barr. Edun said police has assured of maximum police protection for them” adding that he wants to rid the force of criminal elements.
The Delta State CDHR Chairman, Comrade Prince Kehinde-Taiga expressed his dissatisfaction on the Police report claiming that they(Police) contradicted itself in that report.
Taiga cited instances wherein, the Police in their report claimed that two suspected armed robber ran towards the Solara Car after firing at them (Police) and that led to them shooting at the car as against their earlier report that they (suspects) fired at the Police while still in the car.
The Rights Activists challenged the Police to come up with a thorough and unbiased investigation as well as ensure that justice is given to the family of late Christian Njoku whom he christined a vibrant member of CDHR before his death.
The deceased Christian Njoku was allegedly murdered by some Officers and men of the Nigeria Police Force, Ekpan Division in Uvwie Local Government Area on the 18th of June opposite Church of God Mission,CGM(Praise Centre)
The Police led by one Sergt. Wilson allegedly murdered the late Ebonyi State indigene in less than five minutes after left his fiancée at home to quickly dash out to buy something alleging that he was a member of a suspected armed robbery gang who engaged the Police in a shootout.